Ravichandran Ashwin bags a number of rare records with his 6-wicket haul vs AUS in 4th Test in Ahmedabad
The second day of the fourth and final test between India and Australia for the Border-Gavasakar Trophy ended with Australia having the upper hand. The visitors batted almost all day on the second day and scored 480 runs in their first inning. The Indian bowlers found it hard to trouble the Australian batters.
Usman Khawaja scored his 14th Test century and made 180 runs off 422 balls with 21 fours, and Cameron Green made his maiden test hundred and made 114 runs with 18 fours. In the end, Nathan Lyon and Todd Murphy added vital 70 runs for the ninth wicket.
However, in the end, it was veteran off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin who picked up six wickets and wrapped up the Australian inning. It was the 32nd five-wicket haul of his career, and with this, he has added a couple of records to his kitty.
The No. 1 ranked Test bowler has now gone past Anil Kumble's record for most test fifers at home. Kumble took 25 five-wicket hauls in India, and Ashwin has taken 26 now. Meanwhile, with his 6/91 in the first inning, he has registered the second-highest fifers at home, behind Muttiah Muralitharan's 45 five-wicket hauls.
With six wickets, Ashwin has also equaled veteran English pacer James Anderson for the most five-wicket hauls in test cricket. Both bowlers have 32 fifers now and are sixth on the list. Ashwin is only behind Muralidharan (67), Shane Warne (37), Richard Hadlee (36), Anil Kumble (35), and Rangana Herath (33).
Furthermore, the 36-year-old becomes India's leading wicket-taker against Australia in test, surpassing Anil Kumble's tally of 111 wickets. Ashwin is only behind Nathan Lyon with 113 wickets between two teams. This was also the 7th fifer for the veteran off-spinner, which is the highest for him against one opponent in the longest format.